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Christie expects NJ Transit service to resume Wednesday, following storm

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Gov. Chris Christie speaks to reporters at a state Department of Transportation yard in Pluckemin.
Gov. Chris Christie speaks to reporters at a state Department of Transportation yard in Pluckemin. - ()

As a massive winter storm winds down across New Jersey on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie said he expects NJ Transit to run Wednesday on a Presidents Day schedule before returning to full service Thursday.

Briefing reporters on the storm Tuesday afternoon at a state Department of Transportation yard in Pluckemin, Christie advised all commuters to visit the NJ Transit website for information on the latest schedules.

Christie said he is still expecting accumulation totals of as high as approximately 18 to 24 inches in the northern half of the state and as little as three to five inches in southern New Jersey, with potentially no accumulation whatsoever near the Shore, where there have been some moderate levels of flooding.

With a state of emergency still in effect, road crews are actively cleaning roadways and motorists are being urged to stay at home.

“If you absolutely must, go slowly,” Christie said. “Prepare your trips smartly.”

According to the New Jersey State Police, there have been 103 traffic accidents during the storm, a figure Christie says is “obviously extraordinarily low for conditions like we have here.”

As of 3 p.m., Christie said that roughly 30,000 residents across the state were experiencing power outages. While most should see their service restored by Wednesday morning, Christie said all should experience a full restoration by the end of the day Wednesday.

Christie added that roughly 84 percent of all regularly scheduled flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport were cancelled Tuesday and urged travelers to check with their individual airlines as to the status of an upcoming flight.

All state offices should be open on normal schedules Wednesday and school districts will decide on an individual basis, Christie said.

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